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Haxton, Blom Take Lead at PCA High Roller
Day 1 of the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100k High Roller is in the books with Isaac Haxton and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom out to an early lead.
The kickoff event of the 2012 PCA festivities at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, the $100k High Roller brought an elite, if smaller, field than last year.
Thrirty players in total bought in with two - Jonathan Duhamel and Bill Perkins - buying in twice, making for a $3.1 million prize pool.
Five spots will be paid with the winner taking home $1.24 million.
In the pole positions after Day 1 are high-roller veterans Isaac Haxton and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom.
Haxton, who made his name to some extent when he finished second in the 2007 PCA Main Event, piled up 1.2 million in chips from his 250k starting stack to take the outright lead heading into Day 2.
Blom, the young Swede who made his name thrashing the high-stakes games on Full Tilt Poker, sits in second with 870,000.
As expected, the field stacked behind the two leaders is dangerous, experienced and equally capably of making a run for the final table.
Sitting in third at the end of Day 1 is serial high-roller winner Erik Seidel with 753,000.
In fourth, and likely happy he took advantage of the re-buy format, is Duhamel, who ran his second buy-in up to 729,000 to end the day.
Humberto Brenes rounds out the top 5 with 609,000 going into Day 2 tomorrow.
Also still in contention:
Mike 'Timex" MacDonald, Jason Mercier, Chance Kornuth, Galen Hall, Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, Sam Stein, Dan Shak, Yevgeniy Tomoshenko, Will Molson, Tom Marchese, Bertrand Grospelier and David Sands.
Among the bustouts today were Matt Glantz, Bryn Kenney, Justin Smith, Shawn Buchanan, Eugene Katchalov, Phillip Gruissem and David Benefield.
The 18 remaining players return at noon (EST) tomorrow to play down toward the final table.
Follow along with the live updates on the PokerStars blog.